June 1, 2009
Monday, June 1: Nothing Special
No special events today, kids. However, there are always regularly scheduled programs and events happening at the Smithsonian museums. Check out a complete listing of daily events here.
Tuesday, June 2: FONZ Photo Club
If you’re a shutterbug with a penchant for snapping shots of critters, come on out to the National Zoo and participate in the FONZ (that’s Friends Of the National Zoo for those of you who think Henry Winkler when they see the word, FONZ) photo club’s monthly meeting. Share your photos, hear from speakers and learn about new techniques that may help you capture that picture perfect moment. You must already be a FONZ member to participate. For more information on the FONZ photo club and how to participate, check out their website. If you would like to check out photographs that capture the beauty of our natural world, check out selections from Smithsonian magazine’s 6th annual photo contest. (Selected photographs will be displayed in the Smithsonian Castle building from July 1 through early 2010.) National Zoo, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, June 3: Secrets of the Parthenon
The Parthenon as we know it now has definitely seen better days. If you’ve suffered fires, explosions, earthquakes, looting and a botched face-lift or two (bad restoration efforts), you wouldn’t look so hot either. This new film, Secrets of the Parthenon, explores the latest renovation efforts to preserve and conserve this world heritage site. (Smithsonian magazine covered the archaeological intrigues of the Parthenon in a February 2008 article.) Free. American History Museum, 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 4: Asia After Dark
Kick off your weekend at the Freer for a night of art, dance, nibbles and drinks. Enjoy tours of the galleries, performances from the Silk Road Dance Company, tastings from Mie N Yu in Georgetown and Johnny’s Kabob in Germantown—not to mention raffled prizes from area merchants, restaurants, hotels and spas. Must be 21 or older to be admitted. Tickets are required. Rates are $18 at the door, cash only. Advance tickets are currently sold out; however, you will have another opportunity to enjoy Asia After Dark on September 3 (with advance tickets going on sale beginning August 3.) So mark your calendars! Freer, 6:30 PM
Friday, June 5: 2-Day Family Festival: Start with the Arts
To celebrate the recently-opened exhibition, Jean Shin: Common Threads, enjoy a performance by Bash the Trash, learn how to make musical instruments from found objects and decorate environmentally friendly tote bags. The festival continues on Saturday with performances by The Dancing Wheels Company and Little Theater of the Deaf. Free. American Art Museum, 11:30 AM-5:30 PM
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